School Lunch Ideas

Move over boring sandwiches!

Here are some affordable lunch ideas parents and kids will love. These lunches are not only easy to make but are also easy on your wallet. Set aside time to make lunch each night or on Sundays so you won’t be scrambling to get everything together while also running out the door in the morning.

Tuna & Crackers

Mix canned tuna with mayo, relish or celery and serve with crackers. A can of tuna can cost as little as 79 cents.

Lunch kebabs

Put cheese cubes, grapes, cherry tomatoes, turkey or ham cubes on a skewer. Look for these fresh ingredients on sale.

PB&J banana burrito

Just like it sounds! Spread peanut butter and jelly on a tortilla. Peel a banana and place in the tortilla the wrap it up like a burrito. A jar of peanut butter can cost only $1.50 and lasts for so many meals!

Corndog muffins

Make cornbread muffins according to package instructions and before putting into the oven, cut up hotdogs and place them in the muffins. This is a new spin on corndogs!


Melt cheese over a tortilla. Add peppers, cooked chicken or beef. Cut into triangles and serve with salsa or sour cream. A package of 10 tortillas for $1.75 total equals around 17 cents per tortilla.


In a thermos, put cooked pasta (penne, angel hair or ravioli) and pour marinara over it. Or just add butter and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the noodles. You can make a pound of pasta for only $1.

Think outside of two slices of bread for tasty and affordable lunch ideas!

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